Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 4

From the Eisner Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Pride of Baghdad) and Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, Thor), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and...

Title:Saga, Vol. 4
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ISBN:1632150778
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:152 pages

Saga, Vol. 4 Reviews

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Sep 10, 2014

    I WISH THESE COULD BE LIKE A THOUSAND PAGES LONG

  • Elizabeth
    Sep 24, 2014

    The only complaint is that I wanted more Lying Cat, but it is PERFECTION. If you haven't read Saga because "everyone always talks about it, and I want to be the lame hipster who finds fault in pop culture," take a selfie, upload it to Instagram, pick out a complimentary filter, set you iPhone 6+ on your rug from Urban Outfitters, jump over the phone and GET OVER YOURSELF. If you aren't reading Saga you are losing at life.

  • Anne
    May 25, 2015

    You can really see how this family is going through the growing pains in this one. And, once again, Vaughn and Staples create a fantasy world that is

    incredibly not

    .

    This volume? This is a real marriage.

    Ok, so now that they aren't running for their lives, the mundane existence of taking care of a family sets in...as it does with a lot of marriages.

    Alana is working full-time as an actress on this sp

    You can really see how this family is going through the growing pains in this one. And, once again, Vaughn and Staples create a fantasy world that is

    incredibly not

    .

    This volume? This is a real marriage.

    Ok, so now that they aren't running for their lives, the mundane existence of taking care of a family sets in...as it does with a lot of marriages.

    Alana is working full-time as an actress on this space soap opera, and Marko is staying home with Hazel.

    Yep. You aren't really married till you've practiced your alibi in the mirror, at least

    . Now, at some point, you'll both laugh about how you ran into each other at Home Depot, looked into each other's shopping carts, and saw that you were

    buying tarp and duct tape.

    But till then, you'll go through that rough period known as:

    .

    But when you haven't been married long, and the memories of your glory days are still bright and shiny? Well, those first few knock-down drag-out fights can seem like the end of the world.

    You're also not married till one of you spends the night somewhere else...or at least storms off with the

    of spending the night somewhere else!

    And so it goes...

    I think Vaughn did a spectacular job of showing how each of them fell off the sparkly marriage wagon just a bit.

    Alana starts taking drugs (recreationally) to help her fight the crushing pressure of being the only breadwinner, while working long hours at a soul-sucking job.

    She misses her family, but if she doesn't make money, they're gonna starve. So, not a lot of choices for her, but to put her head down and keep going.

    Ahhhhh. That feels much better...

    That sort of thing usually ends badly, and Alana is no exception to the rule. After a while, it gets easier and easier to just zone out instead of facing her problems. The lines start to blur, and the next thing you know...

    Meanwhile, Marko becomes the full-time parent. Which, after having done this myself for well over a decade, I think I can speak with some authority when I say, this is the most rewarding job ever.

    First, you don't get paid for it. And the first person who comments, and says that you get

    , wins an ASSHOLE award. I'm not sure how your electric company works, but mine

    accept HUGS as a form of payment.

    So. NO PAY.

    Second,

    .<---This is

    important.

    And a huge problem arises when you get stuck on playdates with ratchety parents that you don't like. The flavors usually taste like Annoying-Helicopter, Complains-About-Spouse, Kill-It-With-Fire-Religious-Nut, Sports-Dad, My-Child-Can't-Do-Anything-Wrong, Organic-Only-Momma, Let-Me-Tell-You-About-My-Pitiful-Sex-Life, and the absolute

    ...

    <---The Clinger assumes you are now best buddies forever, and won't stop texting, calling, and thinking up new and exciting reasons to come over and intrude on what little private time you have left.

    However, every now and then you meet someone you really like.

    In Marko's case, he's feeling alone and abandoned. He misses his wife, who's gone all the time, and when she

    home? Well, she's acting kind of distant and

    . He's also worried about how to keep his daughter safe, but still give her a full life. And now he's got this cute mom, who seems to understand

    , practically throwing herself at him.

    And

    only half the story.

    The rest includes a Robot father who's become totally unhinged over the death of his child, Gwen & Sophie searching for a way to cure The Will, a Prince on a mission of revenge, a missing baby, and a

    unlikely team-up.

    At first, I thought this one didn't

    measure up to the previous volumes, but the more I considered it, I realized this one was just

    . I'm really enjoying watching all of these characters grow and change! I know I'm the eighty-billionth person to say this, but

    !

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  • Lola  Reviewer
    Jul 30, 2015

    Alright, so this took unexpected turns. I’m not disappointed, but I’m not thrilled either. I wish Alana would stop cursing in front of Hazel, because I really hate when people do that in front of their child and I’m really annoyed about her doing what she did to keep her job and this new character Ginny trying to steal the spotlight. Not my favorite volume, but the graphics are still incredible, the characters and plot are still interesting and it’s normal to have dark moments in life, so I’m ju

    Alright, so this took unexpected turns. I’m not disappointed, but I’m not thrilled either. I wish Alana would stop cursing in front of Hazel, because I really hate when people do that in front of their child and I’m really annoyed about her doing what she did to keep her job and this new character Ginny trying to steal the spotlight. Not my favorite volume, but the graphics are still incredible, the characters and plot are still interesting and it’s normal to have dark moments in life, so I’m just going to forgive my favorite characters for what they did.

    Hazel, you precious girl, I love you. ♥

  • Natalie
    Mar 04, 2016

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    I loved how close the family was at the beginning. Alana and Marko were so sweet with Hazel.

    They had this super adorable scene and then this happens

    That one sentence made me tear up.

    I’m so shocked with what went down in this volume. I honestly can’t believe Marko and Alana were split up at the end. I care for the two of them together so,so much. My heart hurts for everything they’re going through.

    Hazel summed up my feelings pretty well

    This review contains

    .

    I loved how close the family was at the beginning. Alana and Marko were so sweet with Hazel.

    They had this super adorable scene and then this happens

    That one sentence made me tear up.

    I’m so shocked with what went down in this volume. I honestly can’t believe Marko and Alana were split up at the end. I care for the two of them together so,so much. My heart hurts for everything they’re going through.

    Hazel summed up my feelings pretty well

    But I loved that we got to focus a little more on the family part in this story.

    And I still stand by my point that Gwendolyn is so damn badass.

    Also are they teaming up now??

    Because I need Marko and Alana to reunite right now.

  • karen
    Jul 08, 2016

    see, this is why goodreads is so great - i wasn't in love with this volume until i read

    , where she recontextualized the story into real-world situations that made me appreciate it so much more with her insights and anecdotes. that woman's got a gift for reviewing, man. she should come back a

    see, this is why goodreads is so great - i wasn't in love with this volume until i read

    , where she recontextualized the story into real-world situations that made me appreciate it so much more with her insights and anecdotes. that woman's got a gift for reviewing, man. she should come back and do it more frequently.

    because, yeah - this time it isn't all fierce action and adventure. this has always been the story of a complicated marriage, but it's usually taken the form of "both of our people want to kill us and the product of our miscegenation and we must flee to the farthest reaches of the galaxy." and here, the problems are more recognizable relationship woes: working late hours, trying to make time for each other, the jealousy of the working-spouse for the caregiver-spouse's closeness with their child, turning to mind-obliterating substances to get through the grind of the day, new friends with romantic agendas - and it's all done really well with some excellent subtle detailing, but man - at first i was dismayed at how "ordinary" the drama was.

    (although i am still such a fan of the damnable foreshadowing this series is so fond of dropping. this one was dropped and it set off a chain reaction that made my jaw and stomach drop simultaneously)

    it's a different vibe from the previous books, and there was far too much time spent in robot-ville for me, but it's definitely setting the stage for exciting developments to come. and it's not

    rom com themes. there's still zany-fun stuff like this:

    and this:

    and if you ever wanted to know what a teevee-headed android's perineum looks like, well, you're in luck:

    but the WORST thing about this book is this:

    which is apparently a limited-edition bookplate that was given out at forbidden planet; a comic book store located, like, RIGHT THERE. i wish i'd been reading this series when this was going around because i would have grabbed it like cake. you snooze, you lose, karen!

    i will leave you with this excellent observation:

    and seriously - read anne's review. i mean, unless you haven't read the book first, and then - go read the book, silly!

    thanks for letting me read this, maggie! it was still warm from your tummy!

    ********************************************

    maggie's trying to help me out in my resolve to not burn through this entire series in a matter of days

    "if you can't get to it, you can't read it!"

    can't argue with that...

    eventually, she moved.

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  • Maureen
    Aug 29, 2016

    SO GOOD SO GOOD.

    Especially in this one, every chapter was a freAKING CLIFFHANGER it made me need to keep reading.

  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    Nov 22, 2016

    And I don't know about you, but if that wasn't just some

    character development and maturity for Marko right there, then Mama Sun's a saint sent straight from the heavens. Would have loved to see more of the other characters than we did, but boOOoOoOoy oh boy am I still invested in this story than ever.

    I'm coming for you, Vol 5!!! No seriously, expect a review to follow in t-minus 2 hours. This shit really is like drugs— t

    And I don't know about you, but if that wasn't just some

    character development and maturity for Marko right there, then Mama Sun's a saint sent straight from the heavens. Would have loved to see more of the other characters than we did, but boOOoOoOoy oh boy am I still invested in this story than ever.

    I'm coming for you, Vol 5!!! No seriously, expect a review to follow in t-minus 2 hours. This shit really is like drugs— the best frickin' kind of them.


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